Jujubes originated in China over 4,000 years ago and belong to the Rhamnaceae family. There are at least 400 jujube varieties which can be used as a substitute to dates.
Jujubes are also known as red dates, Chinese dates, Korean dates, or Indian dates and are red inside and out, with a crispy texture, edible skin, and a date-like flavour which can be stored at room temperature for about a week.
Jujube trees are extremely versatile and can flourish in extreme temperatures with as little as eight inches of rainfall a year. A Jujube tree can grow to approximately 40 feet with shiny green leaves, and bloom grape sized fruits each containing a single large seed in the centre, which classifies jujubes as drupes.
- Jujubes contain the minerals: magnesium, potassium, copper, niacin, calcium, manganese, phosphorus, and iron which are vital to regulate blood flow within the body. (1)
- Provides 20 times more vitamin C than any citrus fruit which provides antioxidants that help to strengthen the immune system and scavenge for harmful free radicals. (2)
- Extracts are also used in skin care products used to diminish wrinkles, relieve dry skin, and treat sunburn pain. (3)
- Contains antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antidiabetic and polyphenols which help to decrease inflammation, cholesterol levels and risk of cardiovascular disease. (4)
- Packed with 18 of the most important amino acids, which helps to form over 50,000 proteins in the body. (5)
Jujubes Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 100 grams, fresh
|Calories from Fat||9|
|Total Fat||1 g||2%|
|Saturated Fat||0 g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrates||74 g||25%|
|Vitamin A 0%||Vitamin C||115%|
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie intake.
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